The Detroit Lions were able to take the lead in the NFC North after their win over the Chicago Bears in Week 10, but that doesn’t mean they have earned the respect of the team that they have just beaten. Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall sounded off on the rival Lions in his latest interview, as he called the Lions annoying and the “little brother.”
“It’s the little brother that, big brother wants to go out and play with his friends and the little brother is annoying, [saying], ‘Hey, can I go?’” Marshall said, via ESPNChicago.com. “No, you can’t go, Detroit Lions. Sit back. Sit in your little city. Fix your financial problems and all of that, you know. You can’t come with us right now. But right now, they’ve got the best of us. They beat us twice. They swept us. But what matters is when we see them in the playoffs. It’ll be a great show. It’s gonna be tough. But I guarantee it’s not gonna go down like it did the first two games.”
Marshall wasn’t holding back.
Telling the team to fix the city and fix Detroit’s bankruptcy issue was a bit of a low blow, but it was some entertaining trash talk that will add some fuel to the fire for the next time the two teams meet.
While the Marshall was throwing the verbal jabs, he also decided to sound off on the Lions defense.
“They’re borderline illegal. I’ll attach my name to it. I’m looking at film today, and it was kind of disgusting to see the D-line go out of their way to knock our quarterbacks down after every single play,” Marshall said. “The ball was gone. They’re pushing them down. They’re hitting them below their knees. It was kind of disgusting. It seemed like it was game planned, but it was borderline. You can’t say it was illegal. But it was definitely one of those things where you say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to pay attention to this.”
The dislike for the defense comes from the injury to Jay Cutler, who left the game with a high ankle sprain and will miss at least this week’s game, but it is not entirely surprising since the Lions defense has earned quite the reputation for illegal hits across the league.
The Lions and Bears have already played their two division games this season, with Detroit winning both, so Marshall’s only hope of getting revenge this season will have to come in the playoffs.